Interesting Word - Siphon

A Queensland University of Technology physics lecturer has found a 99-year-old mistake in the Oxford English Dictionary.

(Dr Stephen Hughes said he discovered last year that the dictionary's definition of the word siphon was incorrect. A siphon is a tube commonly used to empty containers of liquid that are otherwise difficult or impossible to empty. Since 1911 the Oxford English Dictionary had incorrectly stated that atmospheric pressure was the operating force in a siphon when in fact it is gravity. The incorrect entry is being corrected as I type.)

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